Monday, June 25, 2018


Music Week

Music: current count 29859 [29839] rated (+20), 348 [349] unrated (-1).

I expected many distractions last week to depress this week's rated count. Indeed, I didn't manage to play any new music until Friday, when my nephew flew out after nine days of photographing my late sister's art. We did a big mixed grill bash on Thursday to wrap things up -- chicken wings; kebabs of lamb, pork, and swordfish; quail, squid, thin-sliced steak, with a range of marinades from Turkey, Iran, China, and Korea. Added a sweet potato platter, horiatiki salad, soft shell crabs, and grilled Japanese eggplant with spicy peanut sauce. Date pudding for dessert. Only thing there I had never done before was the pork, but I found some fresh ham, cut it into cubes, and mixed up a hoisin/bean sauce. Very tasty. Should be memorable. We gave most of the excess away, but I kept the lamb and made Turkish yogurtlu kebap with the leftovers.

Friday I started working on the intro to yesterday's Weekend Roundup. After finding the latest Satoki Fujii in the queue, I turned to my tracking file looking for jazz I could find on Napster, figuring I would have trouble mustering the requisite attention for sorting out new pop records but I could multitask new jazz easily enough. Wound up playing a lot of records (some old) on the Danish SteepleChase label, and they all went pretty fast (although the new Pierre DÝrge merited a couple of extra spins). Moved on to Clean Feed, and I'm still working there.

Meanwhile, my website/system recovery work has slowed down. I probably have about half of the robertchristgau.com files working at this stage. I did manage to implement a new feature but it hasn't been announced yet: something similar to the Ask Greil thing, where you can ask questions and Bob can answer (if he deigns them worthy of an answer, or maybe just if he thinks his answer would be worthwhile). I suppose I could consider offering something similar here, if there's any interest. I've long suspected I would be more productive on demand-driven projects (or in collaborations where I'd feel more compelled to keep up my end).

I'm still not doing complete updates of any of my websites. I'm not aware of a lot of unfixed problems with this one, but need to get some testing in before I feel confident to update. Nor have I extracted and tested my old disk drives. One thing I did want to do was to replace my cheap keyboard here with a fancy mechanical one. To that end I bought a Corsair Strafe, only to find out it doesn't work at all with my computer. So back to the drawing board on that.

Month runs out on Saturday, so I should post Streamnotes no later than then. Draft file currently runs to 99 records (100 counting the new Lily Allen, which I'm not done with yet), of which 72 are new (65 new music, 7 compilations). Despite the shortfalls the last two weeks, should wind up as a pretty average month. Also, despite scant A-list records the last two weeks, should wind up pretty solid in that regard too.


New records rated this week:

  • JD Allen: Love Stone (2018, Savant): [r]: B+(**)
  • Angles 3: Parede (2016 [2018], Clean Feed): [r]: A-
  • Craig Brann: Lineage (2017 [2018], SteepleChase): [r]: B+(**)
  • Ronnie Cuber: Ronnie's Trio (2017 [2018], SteepleChase): [r]: B+(*)
  • Olegario Diaz: I Remember Chet (2017 [2018], SteepleChase): [r]: B+(***)
  • Pierre DÝrge: Soundscapes (2017 [2018], SteepleChase): [r]: B+(***)
  • Marty Ehrlich: Trio Exaltation (2017 [2018], Clean Feed): [r]: B+(***)
  • Honest John w/ Ab Baars: Treem (2016 [2018], Clean Feed): [r]: B+(*)
  • Joe Magnarelli: Magic Trick (2017 [2018], SteepleChase): [r]: B+(**)
  • Jason Palmer: At Wally's: Volume 1 (2016 [2018], SteepleChase): [r]: B+(*)
  • Jason Palmer: At Wally's: Volume 2 (2016 [2018], SteepleChase): [r]: B
  • This Is It! [Satoko Fujii]: 1538 (2018, Libra): [cd]: B+(**)
  • Rafael Toral/Hugo Antunes/Jo„o Pais Filipe/Ricardo Webbens: Space Quartet (2017 [2018], Clean Feed): [r]: B+(**)

Recent reissues, compilations, and vault discoveries rated this week:

  • Lee Konitz: Prisma: By Guenter Buhles (2000 [2018], QFTF): [r]: B

Old music rated this week:

  • Pierre DÝrge Quartet: Ballad Round the Left Corner (1979 [1980], SteepleChase): [r]: B+(**)
  • Pierre DÝrge/Harry Beckett/Marilyn Mazur/Klavs Hovman: Echoes Of . . . (1990, Olufsen): [r]: B+(**)
  • Pierre DÝrge & New Jungle Orchestra: Zim Zag Zinfoni (2000 [2001], Stunt): [r]: B+(**)
  • Pierre DÝrge: Blui (2014 [2015], SteepleChase): [r]: B+(**)
  • John Tchicai & Pierre DÝrge: Ball at Louisiana (1981 [1983], SteepleChase): [r]: B+(*)


Unpacking: Found in the mail last week:

  • Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder: The World of Dew (Human Resource)
  • Verve Jazz Ensemble: Connect the Dots (Lightgroove Media): July 20